Sticky clutter reduction note: Killer Apps/ Tips n tricks and important updates threads merged -Astro
Some of the most valued software on my pc are freeware/shareware apps. Not having 3rd party apps to 'right windows wrongs' would be sad indeed....although MS is trying their best, with LiveOneCare and the like...
Just a few RULES for in here:
*PLEASE restrict this discussion to freeware/shareware apps, as we dont want this to become an advertising thread!!
*ONLY link to freeware/shareware sites. Do NOT directly link to another forum. Feel free to mention it and what it can help with
*If you really really want to mention a commercial program(as a comparison for example), mention it by name(do not link to it) and mention that is isnt free.
* * *
These are my all time faves. Im interested in hearing about others' fave apps and what they're good for.
My ALL TIME number one 'killer app' is Network Magic
. I have a mildly complicated wired+wireless 802.11b/g network and was having alot of grief with the ridiculous windows 'wizards' in xp. This app turned up in a pc magazine and I gave it ago.....It does all the work configuring your modem and suddenly all your devices become apparent
It also flawlessly integrated my PDA and PSP when I had them and even played nicely with Vista machines that were thrown into the mix. Here's a screenie of my home network. Highly recommended. Give the free version a trial if youre interested
Second is Avast Antivirus.
After living in misery for years with Norton Bloatware Security I went in search of of lighter app that could achieve the task. I came across avast
It's great, totally free(home edition) and updates program and virus definitions *very* regularly...which is something you have to pay for in most other proggies. Great for home users IMO. Integrates with outlook/exchange which is very useful to me, and is skinnable !!
(has a great looking vista or mac-style skin)
of course I will quickly mention the great freeware proggies Ad-Aware
though most tech-heads will know about these already
as for fave sites I can never go past Videohelp
as the ULTIMATE resource for info and guides about multimedia tools and conversions.
For system builders, I cant start project without plugging specs into eXtreme Outervision's Power Supply Calculator
NegSun - Edit: Now comes a comprehensive and alphabetical list of all the programs/sites that have been mentioned in this thread, enjoy
AlienGUIse Desktop Theme Manager
Any Video Converter
ATI Tray Tools
DynAdvance Email Notifier
eXtreme Outervision's Power Supply Calculator
Free Hide Folders
"Get n Set affinity"
Giveaway of the Day
K-Lite Codec Pack
Koepi's XviD Codec
Media Player Classic
MicroAngelo Icon Editor
QuickTime Alternative Lite
RAD Video Tools
Real Alternative Lite
RealVNC - Virtual Network Computing
Sysinternals Monitoring Utilities
Task List Programs
The Core Media Player
The Open CD
Vista Codec Pack & Vista x64 components
Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions
VLC media player
XP Codec Pack